Issue November 12, 2013

Dunk Dynasty

Don’t worry about Louisville. The 2013-14 Cardinals will be fine now that Chane Behanan has worked his way out of coach Rick Pitino’s doghouse and rejoined the team. Not that Behanan is the one truly indispensable star of the team. He’s not. Louisville doesn’t have indispensable stars. It’s a team that thrives on old-fashioned teamwork, … Continued

Say what we cannot …

“There were always in me two women. One woman bewildered … and another who would leap into a scene as upon a stage.” —Anais Nin  Being a woman in a modern society has its advantages. We have ownership over more parts of our lives than ever before, yet when it comes to female sexuality, we’re … Continued

Deconstructing Camelot

We can only speculate how much the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago changed history. But our nation has changed in ways such that never will a president be so deified in life or exposed post mortem. “The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot,” a 2004 documentary, explains how the charismatic first family captured … Continued

Take Me To Your Leader

As we wrote here last week, a great deal of mystery surrounds the once-estimated $5 million the Louisville Arena Authority still owes the Kentucky State Fair Board — a tab amassed through their original operating contract to assist the Fair Board for business lost by Freedom Hall to the new KFC Yum! Center. While such … Continued

Video TapeWorm

THIS WEEK’S TWIN PEEKS: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT 2013; $17.98-$19.98; UR A dramatization of Ali’s Supreme Court battle after refusing to join the Army, claiming conscientious objector status to the Vietnam War. He was ultimately convicted of draft evasion, stripped of his boxing title and banned from the sport … but the tale didn’t end … Continued

The circus is in town

When last season’s Kentucky basketball season came to an end in a small gym to an anonymous college in downtown Pittsburgh, most UK fans took the loss surprisingly well. Usually, the Big Blue Nation watches the games with the intensity of a fire-and-brimstone preacher, demanding the Lord smite any player or referee who stands in … Continued

Keep on the Sunny Side

Actual value Steve “Chile” Rigot is the nearest thing to an Andy Warhol Superstar that this town, or more precisely, Jeffersonville, Ind., has ever produced. Louisville in the 1970s was a grim place for freaks. Life was a constant struggle against a redneck element bent on defending the city’s moral purity from all those who … Continued


Those were the days The men of Ranger have been playing music together since seventh grade. After years of “jamming on RHCP and Beatles tunes in basements and bedrooms,” they flirted with others before coming back together. Now their debut album, The Bard, has been completed and will be released on Tuesday. Though the title … Continued

An app for Mary

On Dec. 6, 1993, Mary Byron and her parents didn’t know the justice system well enough. They didn’t realize that somebody could, and that somebody had, posted bail for Mary’s ex-boyfriend — a man they’d had arrested weeks earlier for raping, assaulting and kidnapping her at gunpoint. It hadn’t occurred to them he might have … Continued

The imaginary world of Washed Out

The music of Ernest Greene, as Washed Out, is about as calm and dreamy as pop music gets, which is how he ended up as the poster child of the synth-heavy, reverb-soaked “chillwave” movement of the late aughts. And while his sophomore full-length, Paracosm, is his most laid-back offering yet, it bears little resemblance to … Continued


<MUSIC> Wednesday, Nov. 13 WFPK Winter Wednesday Clifton Center 2117 Payne St. Free; 7:30 p.m. Guess who’s back, back again? All hail the return of WFPK’s monthly Wednesday concert series, moved indoors for the second year at the Clifton Center, where neither rain, sleet nor hail ever happen. Also returning is the David Mayfield … Continued

Plugged In

Readers are strongly encouraged to call ahead to verify these listings. To get your musical act listed, send email to with PLUGGED IN in the subject line. The deadline is FRIDAY at NOON the week before the show happens. We do not accept listings via social networking sites. Wed NOV 13 Air Devils Inn: … Continued

Inbox — Nov. 13, 2013

Dearly in Debt In a sad and reflective response to “Here lies the dearly forgotten” (LEO Weekly, Oct. 30), I must juxtapose the lack of funding and general maintenance of our local cemeteries to where we have federally spent our funds and, more importantly, the lives of our fellow American citizen patriots. We have lost … Continued

Theater: Local theater on a Slant

In science, slant culture refers to the microbiological activity that occurs when a glass tube is set at an incline, fostering massive amounts of rapid growth. In Louisville, however, that term means something else entirely. The second annual Slant Culture Theatre Festival kicks off at Walden Theatre this weekend, with a launch party Thursday night … Continued

Advice: Savage Love

Q: Why am I such a slut? Girl, Corrupted A: Are you a slut? Or are you a woman who loves sex, has a high libido and has consensual sex with a lot of willing and grateful partners? Those are all traits for which culture wouldn’t conspire to leave you feeling conflicted or compelled to … Continued

Taste Bud: Bring on the Big Dude

I’m not sure I was quite prepared when Teanitia Lashley presented me with the Big Dude. Wow, that sounded dirty. Let me explain: The Big Dude is a menu item at Pig Out Barbecue in Shelbyville, just a couple of blocks off I-64 at exit 35. It’s Lashley’s Americanized, down-home-barbecue version of ossobuco — and … Continued

No, Bar Belle! El Camino is surfin’ good

My pal the Bar Belle is also the boss of me when it comes to this column, but that sure doesn’t stop me from calling Bullwinkle when I just have to. So, yo, Bar Belle! You’ve got it all wrong when you go hatin’ on El Camino! How did this debate work out? Well, our … Continued

Opera: ‘Simon Boccanegra’ — a long, lost Verdi opera

Wouldn’t it be something if someone was poking around an old villa in Italy and came across a previously unknown opera by Giuseppe Verdi? An undiscovered masterpiece by the composer of “La Traviata,” “Rigoletto,” “Aida” and so many more — that no one had ever heard! That would be great. But it didn’t happen. Verdi … Continued

Book: A life of Richard Pryor

‘Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him’ By David Henry & Joe Henry. Algonquin Books; 400 pgs., $26. Two brothers grew up listening to and watching Richard Pryor in the early 1970s, and here combine to write a love-letter-as-biography. First intended as a movie, it fizzled like so many other attempts to … Continued

Book: ‘This I Believe’ makes a Kentucky first

More than 500 words, to contribute to “a public dialogue about belief — one essay at a time.” The “This I Believe” statement of personal values, begun on a 1950s Edward R. Murrow radio show but revived a decade ago, is more prominent than ever. Years of radio broadcast on NPR and “The Bob Edwards … Continued


Violet Knives carry on a tradition that can trace its roots back to Joy Division, which has since been carried on by acts like Interpol or Franz Ferdinand. Their newest sees the band exploring pensive, often quiet-loud-quiet music I imagine is about relationships or women, given both the album title and the genre. It would … Continued

Where’s Vivian?

LastO is a “gay rapper.” We’re supposed to know this because that comes before his name in his press releases and social media, branding him as gay before talented, skilled, witty or interesting. The problem is, this is just another shitty rap album, not a “gay rap” album, whatever the hell that would be. OK, … Continued

Happy Jawbone Family Band

Like a younger, patchouli-er, campfire version of Guided by Voices, Vermont psych-poppers Happy Jawbone Family Band arrive on our speakers after years of releasing a string of records to mostly deaf ears. The band has recorded so much music, they even have a Christmas album! Like GBV, this means their recent surge in exposure delivers … Continued

Drums and Impressions

There’s a simplistic grace to Drums and Impressions that informs the entirety of the album. Be it in the deft harmonic or tempo transitions, or the subtle production techniques used throughout, Deer Meet offers something that, at first, comes across like a twee-pop, Bends-era Radiohead (albeit with a propensity to include horns, and a singer … Continued